The guy has come a long way. Second rate QB to local school paper sideline reporter to main analyst on ESPN. No matter what you think of him, he knows how to play the system and played it well.
I always become concerned about the Buckeyes when they are getting a lot of love from everyone, even ESPN. Now that the Hoosiers according to the anal yst made their game somewhat close, some of the hate has returned. When there is hate there is fire with this team. Let's beat TTUN and continue down the path and win a championship. I love it when a plan comes together.
The only ranking that counts is on Dec 7. We are in striking distance and that is where we want to be. Let's keep the train moving and go 12-1.
I thoroughly enjoy watching this young man play. We should all calm down and remember he is youthful and wanting to make a big play. He is still learning to pick and choose his battles. He will be truly special for this team. Let's all move forward and win against Indiana.
Despite the ranking of the Buckeyes may be correct. Their is a bias in the committee. One glaring issue is the fact that Ariz. St was literally destroyed by a mediocre UCLA 62-27, who had escaped the clutches of Virginia, Memphis and needed a double OT against a 2 win Colorado. The excuse was their QB, Taylor Kelly, was injured and did not play. I do not think the offense gave up 62 points. The Bucks lose a HEISMAN TROPHY candidate 10 days before the season and the Va Tech loss is just horrendous. Sorry committee, you might be worse than the BCS computers. I really do not think Notre Dame is that good and average at best. The Bucks should be at least #7 ahead of ASU.
Be careful as to what you want and what you say. 2014 season is not over and some already are talking about 2015. There is a long road to hoe before this topic even becomes a topic and shame on Urban and anybody else to even bring it up. Worry about finishing the season and winning a B1G championship. Then we will go from there. This is a non-topic as some have mentioned right now. Focus on the present.
Enough said. What a Wolverine homer. Even votes a 2 loss LSU above Mich. St.
I think the power rankings are based on this weeks performance. It is not cumulative from the seasons performance. They have to throw a bone to almost everyone in the league. If Indiana beat Michigan, they would be highly ranked,
I advise my sons to stop the Florida St. and company hate. The only accountability for this team is to lose on the field. Everyone was calling for the upset last night and it usually does not happen that way when everyone is hoping you lose. If FSU loses, it will be when you least expect it and to a bottom feeder team. I have seen it happen this way too many times. Let's keep winning and see where the chips fall come early December.
The fly in the ointment will be Georgia. Georgia wins out, that would mean they beat Auburn in the regular season, and wins the SEC championship. The B1G chances will be greatly enhanced if either of three teams win out.
I have been very critical of this team through the season. In retrospect, the O-line needs major improvement on picking up blitzing schemes. I have questioned JT's ability to overcome adversity when he faced it. His stats were not stellar, but he also was under intense pressure the entire game. He was clutch in the OT with his running and made me a little less concerned about his ability to persevere. The O-line needs to improve to move forward and be where we want them to be. We need time and the season keeps on ticking, but we will see come Nov 8.
This game could have gone either way. 74 yards passing 2 picks a pick six. Are you kidding me. He made one play in OT with the 23 yard run. Stop drinking the kool aid. A top tier program eats him alive. I am sure you are one of the ones that thinks he can replace Braxton. Please!!!! Quarterback play has to get better as well as offensive line blocking on pass.
The 'D ' stepped up big time last night. Memories of great Buckeye defenses of the past. Despite winning the game, major concern is JT Barrett's inability to overcome adversity and the O-line constant breakdown on blitzes. JT needs the protection due to his limited capacity to motor out of trouble. Main reason passes were so limited. Teams tried to contain Braxton as opposed to pinning their ears back due to his ability to create big plays if you miss. Our speed at WR is negated as long as the pressure continues on JT.
I understand where you are coming from, but different era different coach. We had a very savve quarterback and very stout defense. Championships are won with a very good 'D' and that team had it.
You are absolutely correct at this stage of the season. We always complain about our ranking in the polls, but we are exactly where we should be. Playoffs right now are a stretch. Once again JT struggles with adversity and the O-line has not yet figured out blitz schemes.
If the NC committee votes more than one team from one of the power conferences, it will already be a failure. That would mean someone did not win their conference championship.
Not sure about the Terps great defense. They were last in the B1G in rush defense and surrendered almost 700 yards to WVU. This was a mediocre 'D' that was thin at the defensive line and lb due to injuries. Not downplaying the Bucks win, but they have yet to play a 'D' the calibre of Tech in week 2. My question is how does JT react when things are not clicking. Not sure JT can strap the team on his back and carry them to victory in a slugfest. The receivers are performing better than last year. The verdict is still out. Just play and win.
The point is being missed. This is not Maryland's biggest game. They have played teams that are as talented as the Bucks which I tried to illustrate and the success or lack of against those same teams. The article does read Maryland's biggest game. The answer is probably 'No'. By the way Taj Boyd and Sammy Watkins set Orange Bowl records. The Bucks were outgained by 175 yards. Do not settle for mediocrity, because that team should have crushed Clemson with that talent.
I hear you. I love the Buckeyes and remember Rex Kern and the Super Soph's of 1968. I love the Terps also as spending most of my adult life in the DC area.
You were'nt nervous for the Tech game either. But Bud Foster's 'D' kicked Urban Meyer's ass. All we heard was how they did not prepare for the Bear 46 'D'. Guess what apparently East Carolina and Georgia Tech were ready for Bud Foster because Tech lost both those games.
Taj Boyd and Sammy Watkins ate that defense alive. You saw the game and the stats that those 2 had. The offense of Ohio St was adequate, but not enough. If you really thought it was a close game, the final score did not indicate how not close this game was. The Buckeyes are 0-3 against Florida St. The last meeting was 1997 Orange Bowl with a drubbing 31-14 by the Seminoles. Joe Germaine was running for his life. The next year Cooper had basically the same team and some even say it was the best team talent wise the Buckeyes ever had, but lost to Nick Saban's Michigan St Spartans with Plaxaco Burress single handedly defeating the Buckeyes.
Big game, yes. Biggest game, maybe. This team played the likes of Florida St and Clemson every year. Both teams have handled the Buckeyes with little problem when they played. This team handled Bud Foster's 'D' last year and beat Tech in Blacksburg, Va.
Another frustrating win. Offense looks extremely good, but we cannot keep winning by scoring 50 and giving up 49. D has the same problems it has had the past 2 years and now a third. Not sure what a coaching change would do, but I think eventually Fickel will have to be let go. Cincy is above average team, but against a good team that plays 'D'( you know who that is) this probably would have been a loss.
I could not have said it any better. This post is one that all should read and take seriously. What you have said is the core problem with the B1G. Mediocre coaching at many of the schools.
You are absolutely correct. Michigan is abysmal. Brady Choke will be gone after the season if he makes that far. Next coach will be Les Miles. LSU will have a disappointing season also. The opportunity to leave without too much fuss will occur.